What the team is known for
Extensive team with the capacity to offer a multidisciplinary approach to clients, with industry expertise covering renewable energy, telecommunications and healthcare. Leverages the superb reputations of key individuals in Madrid and Barcelona to serve the corporate governance and transactional needs of clients. Increasingly active in public M&A, including takeover bids. Remains a key partner for major banks, private equity funds and real estate investors engaging in M&A transactions, particularly those with a cross-border element. Offices in Latin American jurisdictions, China and the USA mean that the firm is well placed to assist clients with multi-jurisdictional transactions or at a local level outside of Spain.
Manuel Torres Salazar is a key contact for the firm's offices in Beijing and Shanghai. He leads a team that often advises Spanish clients on the establishment of Chinese subsidiaries, the structuring of joint ventures and the execution of corporate restructurings or M&A transactions. Albert Collado Armengol in Barcelona also has strong links to the Chinese practice owing to his role in setting up the Shanghai office.
Ramon Girbau Pedragosa and Ignacio Calvet Tordera are the main contacts for Garrigues's French desk, which coordinates with partner firms to assist French clients with their investments in Spain or Latin America. It also advises Spanish clients on investing in France.
Staffed by German-speaking lawyers throughout the Garrigues network, the German desk advises German clients on cross-border transactions involving Spain. The desk is particularly active on cross-border corporate and financing transactions involving German energy investors, owing to lead lawyer Silvestre Arana's specialisation in the energy sector.
The Spanish team frequently handles cross-border transactions with Latin America, often assisted by dual-qualified lawyers based in the firm's offices in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.
Javier Marzo and Ferrán Escayola i Maranges co-head the US desk, which comprises lawyers based in both the Madrid and Barcelona offices with particular knowledge of the US legal system. The team coordinates with colleagues in New York to advise on cross-border matters.
Interviewees describe Álvaro López-Jorrín
as “a fantastic lawyer,”
with sources further praising his availability. He frequently represents both international investors and prominent Spanish corporates in the acquisition and divestment of Spanish assets.
“Super lawyer” Fernando Vives
draws considerable praise from interviewees, with one source naming him as "an expert with a good reputation."
He further assists prominent Spanish clients with the disposal of assets in Latin America.
Leading the firm's Brussels office, José Luis Buendía Sierra
stands out for his advice on corporate transactions as well as EU antitrust issues, with expertise in the pharmaceutical, energy and telecommunications industries.
Luis Ortiz Blanco
is highlighted for his experience advising on corporate law issues as well as EU competition law, including merger control in a variety of sectors such as IT and life sciences.
Manuel Torres Salazar
is the partner in charge of the firm's Shanghai and Beijing offices and regularly advises Spanish companies on M&A transactions in China, with strong expertise in maritime and shipping laws.
Mónica Martín de Vidales
rises in the rankings due to her increasing visibility on high-end acquisitions, and shareholder and joint venture agreements. She further offers specialised knowledge in the media sector. Her clients praise her for being a "highly effective negotiator."
Barcelona-based Ramon Girbau
advises clients on both public and private acquisitions. He further assists with corporate law matters.
rises in the rankings based on her presence on high-end, multi-jurisdictional purchases based in Spain and Latin America.